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Advice is Dangerous! - Justin Wood NI

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

Stop Listening To Peoples Advice! They’re not helping you.

Everybody’s got something to say about what you do. People you know, people you love, people you hate. Even people you’ve never met. They all want tell you what to do, what to think, what is right or wrong. How to be better, live your life, and further your career. But… no one knows what’s best for you because they are not you. and you should really stop listening to them.

This includes your friends, family, mentors and most importantly you Mum and Dad. One thing before I go any further here.. is this is not a witch hunt to blame someone for bad advice. 99% the advice given to you by friends and family is given with the best intentions but is often tied into the way they see the world, and this may not be right for you.

My Guest Mark Justin has had a roller-coaster ride to get where he is. Taking advise from people can be fraught with danger for many reasons

-They may not know you as well, as they think they know you.

-They tell you, what THEY …WANT YOU to do

-They tell you, what THEY…. WOULD do in your situation

-They most probably don’t have the experience to know what you should do either

-There is a possibly they DON’T want you to change for selfish reasons

And the other crazy thing is...

-They could be even jealous of you.

In this podcast Mark from Justin Wood NI is going to discuss why life became amazing when he stopped listening to others.

He talks about: The impact others had on his decisions in school and as a young adulthood that led to a Life of insufferable anxiety in a high paid IT career.

He then talks about the how he dug himself out of that situation and took the steps towards working with something that truly made him happy …. Woodworking

If you have been given bad advice in the past. Or felt you never had the support of friends or family This episode I hope will give you an understanding where that bad advice or lack of support came from, and how to analyze advice in the future to ensure you make the right decisions for you.

Heaps to unpack in this episode I hope you get something form it.


1) Let’s start back to when you were a young lad. What did you like spending your time doing at a young age?

2) How did you end up in IT? If as a young lad you liked being in the workshop with your granddad?

3) Was there a specific moment when you realized you had let others influence your life?

4) You mentioned anxiety and panic attacks and this subject is a little tabu amongst men. So, I thought it was important to talk about it.

How bad was your anxiety and do you have any advice, how to fight your way through it?

5) Let’s talk about your jump headfirst into woodworking. Did you have the support from your friends and family when you made the career shift?

6) To finish this off on a positive note. What has been the biggest highlight in your career since changing from IT?


1) What is something people get wrong about you?

2) What is something you like doing that has nothing to do with making?

3) What project is completely priceless that you could never sell?

4) What does happiness look like?

5) Who should be the next guest on the podcast?

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